IU Health Arnett employee turned patient shares her road to recovery after breast cancer

This Tuesday finishes our Breast Cancer Awareness series. We're looking into the life of Rhonda Jones, who has been cancer-free for two years.

Posted: Oct 29, 2019 4:32 PM
Updated: Nov 1, 2019 5:27 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — This Tuesday finishes our Breast Cancer Awareness series. News 18 is looking into the life of one woman who has gone from an IU Health Arnett employee, turned patient, turned survivor. Rhonda Jones shares her road to recovery.

“It's a long journey, and it's one that you survive but it never leaves you, but I'm in a good place,” said Jones.

A typical day for Jones maybe includes a morning meeting, completing documents and responding to emails but now it comes with a new sense of gratefulness.

“On February first, I was told that I have Breast Cancer and it was stage three, and it was triple negative, which means that it was not hormone-based but it was very aggressive so it was a fairly large tumor,” said Jones.

Jones was diagnosed in 2017. Her life from February to December was dedicated to treatment and recovery. She likes to compare the experience to a football game.

“First quarter chemo, second-quarter surgery, we're taking a break, radiation and then celebration, you know, I knew what the plan was,” said Jones.

Jones said she always has a plan but one thing she wasn't prepared for was experiencing a new body.

“When you have a mastectomy it's hard on you mentally, if that makes any sense,” said Jones. “You know, everybody always talks about how uncomfortable their bras are and everything else but when you don't have that all a sudden, you're kind of like, I don't look right, you're more self-conscious of everything.”

Jones underwent reconstructive surgery last year. Since then, she's been taking life day by day and enjoying every minute of it.

“I'm still a busy mom and work keeps me very busy and I enjoy friends and family,” said Jones. “I've always had a very close-knit group of friends and a very close-knit group of family and I think I make that more of a priority in my life than anything else.”

Rhonda Jones has one final cancer-free test in January. If this test comes back clear, it determines that her cancer most likely will not come back. Jones is urging women to get their mammograms.

IU Health Arnett doctors recommend women with an average risk for breast cancer get a mammogram every year starting at age 40. Average risk means no family history of breast cancer or genetic abnormalities.

To schedule a same-day mammogram, call 765-448-8100 or learn more by visiting the IU Health Arnett website.

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